It’s been said time and again now that at its peak, Nokia were not only making the best handphones in the world, but the Finnish company were also readying plans for an eventual change into smart devices. Tales of building its first smartphone and an “ecosystem” before the word even became synonymous with smartphones are aplenty, but many will not be aware of the fact that Nokia was also very, very close to releasing its first tablet in 2001 – nine years before the original iPad was announced.
On the day after Nokia and Microsoft announced the finalization of the American giants’ acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services division – and the renaming of the Nokia brand to Microsoft Mobile – let’s take a look at the Nokia tablet that the company felt was too far ahead of its time.
Users on Reddit have discovered an unusual piece of malware that only exists on Apple devices that have been jailbroken. Called Unflod, it intercepts all incoming data and attempts to steal user’s Apple passwords. Security researcher Sophos is currently looking into the source of the malware but neither it, nor Reddit users, have been able to determine how it spreads.
We wrote about Apple’s Carplay about a month ago and were pretty impressed with how it looked. The only downside to the whole thing was the fact that it would only be coming in newer cars and not backward compatible with our existing cars. So while buying a new car just for the upgrade would have been the answer, it was also ridiculous.
Thankfully, Alpine electronics has come up with a way to bring CarPlay to just about any car this fall. The system would be installed as any 2-DIN player would be now and would use a wired connection rather than Bluetooth to connect to Apple’s iOS devices. This will also be the first aftermarket solution that is compatible with CarPlay. It will be rumoured to cost around US$500 – 700 and be available in the US and Europe this fall. Let’s hope that means Asia will get that not long after!
Google I/O 2014 will be happening in about two month’s time (on 25-26 June 2014 to be precise), and it looks like the leaks are starting to trickle in. Android Police recently got their hands on a set of redesigned icons for Android, internally referred to as “Moonshine”, featuring a flatter design that looks more similar to the icons Google uses on the web for these services.
Usually when your iPhone is running low on juice you do a couple of things; Turn down the brightness, switch off WiFi and of course close all open apps in the multitasking tray. Well according to former Genius Bar technician Scott Loveless, that may actually have an inverse effect on your battery life!
“My first thought that day was that while I was asleep I’d made more money than she had all year.”
For Rami Ismail, the co-developer of Ridiculous Fishing, an iOS app where users shoot at fishes with a machine gun, being an overnight success can be a life-changing experience in more ways than one. At a time when more and more indie game developers are making games and hoping to be the next overnight millionaire, those who have done it share that sudden success comes with its own set of issues.